Akinwunmi Ambode, immediate past governor of Lagos, has cleared the air over a statement attributed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him. According to Ambode, no account of his contains N9.9 billion let alone being frozen by the EFCC. He, however, added that in the spirit of Sallah and having been governor in the state with utmost dedication and integrity, his record is very clear and his mind joyful for the opportunity to have served the state diligently.
Speaking through a statement by Habib Aruna, his media aide, Ambode said while he did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency at this time, especially as there has been no communication between him and the commission on this issue, it is pertinent to clarify what he believed was a misleading import of the press statement on Tuesday, August 6. Ambode explained that the accounts in question that were frozen by the Federal High Court belong to the Lagos state government and not him or any individual.
“Those accounts were opened in the course of normal operations by the Lagos state government for its administrative purposes and not for the former governor’s personal transactions as was being wrongly insinuated and have been operated to ensure smooth operations of government activities by previous and present administrations. “The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorised use of government property and resources.
We strongly believe that after four demanding years as chief executive of Lagos state, Mr Ambode is entitled to some deserved rest with his family and loved ones without the unwarranted attacks on his well-earned reputation,” the statement said. Ambode said he believes that at this critical time of the country, all hands must be on deck to support “our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), both at the state and national levels in order to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Lagosians and Nigerians respectively.
The former governor re-assured Nigerians that he remains committed to the ideals of President Buhari and the founding fathers of the party for the attainment of the ‘next level’ for Nigeria. He also extended warm Sallah greetings to President Buhari and his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as every Lagosian. Ambode said he prays that the lessons of Sallah would serve as a catalyst for the much-needed bond and spirit of brotherliness among all and sundry in Nigeria. Legit.ng earlier reported how a Federal High Court in Lagos, presided by Justice Chuka Obiozor, ordered the freezing of the three accounts belonging to the Lagos state government while the EFCC alleged that they were linked to Ambode.